TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE JUSTICE STUDIES

In 2016, the  EJ/CJ Research Group at UCSB’s Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies founded itself on the recognition that:

Global warming, climate change, and environmental destruction are pressing global social problems nested inside a historical moment characterized by increasing economic insecurity, racial and gender formations of rising inequality and unequal access to all forms of well-being, failing political institutions, degradation of human rights and public discourse, and seemingly intractable, pernicious forms of structural, institutional violence that cut across and exacerbate each of these existential concerns.

Because we are all teachers as well as researchers, we recognize the need to create a new field of study: Environmental & Climate Justice Studies.

We are building this new field at the interdisciplinary intersection of the humanities and social sciences with the 21st social problems of growing racial, gender and economic inequality and rapidly multiplying environmental crises, especially the unfolding climate crisis.

Toward this end, in the Summer of 2017 we hosted a panel titled “Creating a Field: Climate Justice Studies” at our own Nearly Carbon Neutral Conference: Activists, Artists, and Academics – Building Just Climate Futures Together.

On this page we assemble our growing tool box of teaching resources, including syllabi and descriptions of classes we teach and crucial sources for environmental and climate justice education.

COURSES

Scientific Visions

Special Topics in Cultural Studies
Film and Media Studies 166SV
ALENDA CHANG
University of California

Climate Justice

Sociology 134CJ
JOHN FORAN
University of California

After Sustainable Development: How Would We Build a Better World?

Sociology 265SD
JOHN FORAN
University of California

What’s Wrong with the World and How Do We Fix It? Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences

Interdisciplionary Studies 133B
JOHN FORAN
University of California

The World in 2050: Sustainable Development and its Alternatives

Sociology 130SD
JOHN FORAN
University of California

Climate Justice in Asia

East Asian Cultural Studies 141/241
ann-elise lewallen
University of California

Environment and Power In Japan

East Asian Cultural Studies 14
ann-elise lewallen
University of California

Sociology of the (MEDIA) Spectacle

Intersections of Social, Cultural, Media & Environmental Theory
RICHARD WIDICK
University of California